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Shaw Students Participate in Voting Rights Act Rally

March 19, 2013 - Nine students from the Shaw University NAACP Chapter participated in a rally in Washington, D.C. last month to protect Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The event was held outside the U.S. Supreme Court.

In collaboration with the North Carolina State Conference NAACP and the National NAACP, the students arrived in Washington on the day the U.S. Supreme Court began hearing arguments in Shelby County v Holder, which challenges Section 5. The students walked to the U.S. Supreme Court to attend the rally where numerous human/civil rights organizations and leaders peacefully demonstrated and spoke in support of Section 5 and all other aspects of the Voting Rights Acts.

Speakers included NAACP President Benjamin T. Jealous, Chairwoman Rosalyn Brock, and North Carolina NAACP President, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II. Other speakers included national civil rights figures such as Martin Luther King, III, Rev. Al Sharpton, Dick Gregory, and Rev. Jesse L. Jackson. The following Shaw students participated in the event:

  • Aaron Banks
  • Reece Britt
  • Isaiah Daniels
  • Ashley Hughes
  • Russell Jones
  • Mizellore Lexima
  • Jasmina Paris
  • Xavier Skinner
  • Unique Staggers